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Volunteer Lawyer Program benefit scheduled
Moore & Wolfe Attorneys at Law will sponsor a charity wine tasting to benefit the Mobile Bar Association's Volunteer Lawyer Program Sunday, Oct. 26 from 2-5 p.m. at the Bakery Cafe and Market, 1104 Dauphin Street.

The benefit will feature more than 50 wines for tasting, heavy hors d'oeuvres provided by The Bakery and Moore & Wolfe. Joe Lewis, Mobile's Master of Jazz, will provide entertainment. Door prizes (tickets at the door for $2 each or 15 for $25), draw downs, silent auction and live auction are on the agenda as well.

Attendance is limited to 250. Tickets are $45 per person. For more information or to donate items for the silent auction, call Mark Wolfe at 433-7766. Tax-deductible checks should be made to the MBA Volunteer Lawyer Program and mailed to 1252 Dauphin St., Mobile AL 36604.

BayFest Success
As anyone who attended this year's BayFest and the preceding 13 would likely affirm, the three-day music festival in downtown Mobile earlier this month was "by far the largest ever."

The event out-stripped last year's successful BayFest by as much as one-third, according to BayFest's Bobby Bostwick.

"All of the figures that we have to date that we can use to compare are at least 20-35 percent over last year, which was a very good year as well," said Bostwick.

A review of ticket sales, both through outlets and at the gate, peg BayFest 2008 attendance at "well over 200,000 it appears," said Bostwick, adding that BayFest officials were aware of and accounted for volunteers, entertainers and city and county employees.

"I really hate to give out numbers like so many do that are obviously bloated," he said. "Because people come and go all through the weekend, it is an educated guess to the three-day total. "

Based on ticket sales, beverage sales and other methods of tracking, according to companies that work festivals, BayFest is the state's largest festival, said Bostwick.

"I do not want to pick on any other events, but anybody that claims over 200,000 in a weekend is pretty much (exaggerating)," said Bostwick. "All anyone needs to do is look at the sales numbers for food and beverages, number of cars parked and do honest spot counts at the peak times."

Using the Mobile Police Department formula for estimating crowds, BayFest drew 250,000-300,000, said Bostwick who believes his more conservative estimate is closer to the mark.

"I think that it is also important to look at the budget for various events," he said. "The total outlay for BayFest will exceed $2 million this year."

So will there be a BayFest 2009 or do Bostwick and the BayFest volunteers plan to quit while they are ahead?

"We will definitely have BayFest next year for our 15th anniversary," said Bostwick.

Brothers On the Bay
Joe Bullard will be the featured guest speaker Tuesday, Oct. 28 from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. when Brothers on the Bay holds its regular luncheon meeting at Bay Front Park in Daphne.

Born and raised in Mobile where he  graduated from UMS, then earned a B.A. Degree in History at Tulane University, Bullard is president of Bullard Automotive Group, Inc. in Mobile and a member of Springhill Presbyterian Church. He and his wife of 36 years, Foncie Fowlkes Bullard, have two children and two grandchildren.

In his younger days, Bullard was a stellar football player, earning entry into the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame, Tulane University Athletic Hall of Fame and UMS Hall of Fame.

Bullard is active in Outback America, which is an organization dedicated to building, restoring and strengthening relationships by concentrating on God, family, friends, church and community.

Cost of the hot dog luncheon is $5.

Reservations should be made by phone, 626-2287, or by email,

Food line will open at 11:45 a.m. Bullard will be introduced at 12:15 p.m. and the program will end in time for attendees to be back at work by 1 p.m.

The event is for all and the attire is casual.

Jones' fund raiser set
A reception in behalf of Circuit Judge Clyde Jones' Democratic candidacy for the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals will be held Thursday, Oct. 23 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the law offices of Skip Brutkiewicz, 56 South Conception St. in downtown Mobile.

The host committee includes:

Jones faces GOP nominee Beth Kellum, a senior staff attorney for the court of criminal appeals, in the Nov. 4 general election.

For more information call 433-1866.

New plan for old Mobile
THE CITY OF MOBILE and planning consultant EDSA, Inc. will unveil a "New Plan for Mobile" Monday, Oct. 27 in a pair of meetings at the Mobile Civic Center.

In conjunction with public input, the city and its master plan partners developed the plan over the past nine months.

For convenience's sake, two meetings are scheduled, one beginning at 2 p.m. and the second starting at 6 p.m. The meetings will be for all three zones covered by the New Plan for Mobile. Each session is expected to last about two hours.

For more information on the project, visit

Eastern Shore kids’ art auction
to highlight “Art on the Farm”
With the help of their art teachers, more than 100 Eastern Shore school children will showcase their masterpieces to help raise funds for critically ill and injured children at the Children’s Hospital of Alabama Thursday, Nov. 13, at Oak Hollow Farm (14210 Greeno Road).

“Art on the Farm” will be held inside the Oak Hollow Farm’s rustic barn and will last from 6-8 p.m. The event will feature live music, hors d’oeuvres by Katy’s Catering, a wine tasting and a live auction of a Katrina-inspired print by George Rodrigue. Local art teachers will help create three-to-five high-quality pieces from each school, items that will then be sold during a live auction. A variety of media will be shown.

Participating schools are: Fairhope K-1 Center; Bayside Academy; Bayshore Christian School; Spanish Fort Elementary; Daphne Elementary; Daphne East Elementary;   Rockwell Elementary; WJ Carroll Elementary; J. Larry Newton School; Fairhope High School; and The Neighborhood School.

Tickets are $40 and are tax deductible. For tickets or more information about the event, contact Kerrie Benson at 251-610-4969 or Ivy Holmes at 251-459-2579. “Art on the Farm” is being sponsored by Bay Pediatric and Adolescent Dentistry.

Last year more than 1,200 patient visits were made to Children’s Hospital by kids from Mobile and Baldwin counties. The Children's Hospital of Alabama is the only free-standing hospital in the state dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children and one of the 10 busiest pediatric medical centers in the U.S. Children’s is the primary site for all pediatric medical education programs and patient care activities through an affiliation with the UAB School of Medicine and the Health Services Foundation. The Children’s Hospital of Alabama is a private not-for-profit hospital governed by a volunteer board of trustees and will celebrate its centennial anniversary in 2011. For more information, go to

Parkway SAIL Center to Open
Resources for south Mobile's aging population are growing with a grand opening celebration for the Parkway SAIL (Senior Activities for Independent Living) Center Thursday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. The public is invited to attend the festivities that include exhibits, entertainment, and food.

The center is located at 1760 Riverside Drive at the Way of Life Community Church building -- take Clubhouse Road from Dauphin Island Parkway to Riverside Drive.

The Parkway Sail Center is sponsored by Mobile City Councilman John Williams, Mobile County Commissioner Mike Dean, the City of Mobile Parks and Recreation Department, and the Area Agency on Aging of the South
Alabama Regional Planning Commission.

Campaign charges to finish line
Noting that the election was less than three weeks away, Generation Obama Mobile Chair Kimberly Pettway urged Democratic supporters to "assist with GOTV activities" sponsored by the local Obama Headquarters (471-2008, Government at Monterey) and/or the local Democratic Headquarters (643-1717, Dauphin St. next to Radney Funeral Home).

Generation Obama Mobile on Nov. 1 will hold a "Teens United for Change Party," said Pettway. The event will be held from 8 p.m.-12 midnight at the Dearborn YMCA.

Local GOP Chairman Mark Erwin reports a record $40,000 budget for the local Republican GOTV (Get Out The Vote) effort, including TV, radio and print advertising "on issues important to conservative voters and the stark differences between John McCain and Barack Obama on those issues."

"One vital issue for our region is Obama's stated support for Boeing getting the contract to build the Air Force refueling tanker," stated Erwin. "People in Mobile
should understand that with John McCain we still have some hope that NG/EADS may win but with Obama we know we have absolutely no hope."

Erwin also reported huge numbers of supporters coming through the local headquarters where about $50,000 has been raised to help distribute McCain/Palin campaign materials. 

The party will have its annual booth at the Greater Gulf States Fair beginning Friday, he said.

"We want to make sure that Mobile County comes in strong, not just for the top of the ticket but for all our state and local candidates," said Erwin.

Local Democratic Chairman Brad Warren, also the party's nominee for the District 3 seat on the Mobile County Commission, said Obama's strong showing had energized the Democratic base "like never before." While monies available for GOTV should be similar to those spent in past presidential elections, the party expected to have "many more" local resources to assist in the effort thanks to Obama's popularity, said Warren.

As for amounts and strategy, Warren would say only that it was "an ancient Chinese secret."

Local GOP consultant Jon Gray urged Republicans to not despair, noting that Al Gore led George Bush 51-40 in the Gallup polling in early October, 2000.

Civic Center on notice
In the City Council struggle to adopt a budget for 2008-09, Councilman John Williams was pointed in his disdain for the Mobile Civic Center's performance, declaring, "I recommend we put the Civic Center on notice at the soonest date ... at the earliest point legally possible following Feb. 24, 2009 we must close the doors of the single biggest moneypit in our city."

Obama to push forward where Clinton pulled back
U.S. Rep. Artur Davis, D-Birmingham, spoke to the Mobile Area Democratic Association Friday. Davis suggested that as president Obama would be more forceful than former President Bill Clinton in advocating qualified African-American attorneys for appointment to various legal posts in the U.S. Southern District of Alabama, including U.S. attorney and judicial and magistrate openings.

A former classmate of Obama at Harvard Law School, Davis heads the Obama campaign in Alabama.

Although Davis did not mention any names, subsequent talk has ranged over a number of possibilities for federal appointment, among them Raymond Bell, once and future County Commissioner Merceria Ludgood, Carlos Williams, Karlos Finley, Ronnie Williams and Vicki Davis.

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